Volume 37, Issue 12, December 2002


Klein-Dickert Adds New Players To Personnel LineUp
Klein-Dickert Glass and Glazing, a division of Klein-Dickert Co. Inc. of Madison, Wis., has name Patrick Zimmer to the position of general manager. Zimmer first joined Klein-Dickert in January 2000 as a project manager.

In addition, Bob Dobson has been promoted to the position of project manager and Lenny Williston has joined the company’s glass and glazing division as a new project manager.

CRL Appoints New Regional Sales Managers
Los Angeles-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL) has appointed Neil Colucci and Wayne Williams to the positions of Southeastern regional sales manager and Southwestern regional sales manager respectively. 

NEIL Working out of the company’s Atlanta branch, Colucci brings more than 18 years of glass industry experience to the position and will take over a territory that includes Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 

In addition, Williams will be taking over as Southwestern regional sales manager for CRL’s architectural hardware products. With more than 34 years of industry experience, Williams most recently served as Vistawall glass system manager, a position he held for the last nine years. 

Many Changes at Pilkington: New President, Building Products N.A.; Vice President of Marketing and Business Development; Among Others

LAURIE Pilkington North America of Toledo, Ohio, has announced the appointment of Laurie Kruger as president of Building Products North America (BPNA). Kruger succeeds Rick Karcher who has served as president of the group since March 2000.

Kruger joins BPNA after serving as vice president of Automotive Australia for four years. Prior to that, he held senior management roles in downstream operations and manufacturing facilities of Building Products Australia.

“The market conditions for Pilkington BPNA have been hard,” said Stuart Chambers, group chief executive of Pilkington plc. “In addition, we’ve sought improvements across the board within BPNA operations. While we have made progress, we still have much to do.” He continued, “After battling these difficult conditions and issues for nearly three years, we still face significant change to turn BPNA around. In order to create fresh impetus now, we feel it is appropriate to change the leadership of Pilkington BPNA.”

MARK Also joining Pilkington’s Building Products division is Mark Montgomery, who has been appointed to the position of vice president of marketing and business development 
Previously of Solutia Inc., Montgomery brings extensive experience in marketing, sales and architectural and residential building product management.

STEPHEN Stephen Weidner has been named vice president and general manager, Midwest region and will operate out of the Ottawa, Ill., office. Weidner has been with Pilkington since 1988 in a variety of sales management positions, most recently as vice president, sales and customer service for building products in North America.

Todd Huffman will be taking over as vice president and general manager, Western region, operating out of the company’s facility in Lathrop, Calif.

Most recently plant manager for the Pilkington VASA facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Martin Bracamonte has been appointed vice president, manufacturing support at the Pilkington facility in Laurinburg, N.C.

Pilkington has also revamped its sales structure in support of its new regional profit center organization. 

In the Eastern region, regional sales managers Rex Tracht, Roberta Mullen, Tom O’Day and Paul Baskwell will report to Scott Hoover, who was recently promoted to regional sales director.

In the Midwest, regional sales managers are Rick Hecklinger, Mike Krasula and Scott Surma. 

Todd Monaghan will manage the Southwest territory as well as cover the Northwest United States and Canadian territories until an incumbent is named to take over the position.

In addition, Pilkington says Freda Sterling and Tim Osborne have retired after 30 years in the industry.

new hires
Bogert Joins VELUX as Corporate Architect
PETER Peter H. Bogart, AIA, has joined VELUX America Inc., based in Greenwood, S.C., as a corporate architect. 

With a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Bogert brings more than 25 years of experience in design and project management to the position and will provide recommendations for adding project value by incorporating skylights, daylighting, roof windows and natural ventilation to increase design options in projects.

Craft Named Stylmark V.P. of Sales and Marketing
GLENN Glenn Craft has joined Minneapolis-based Stylmark’s senior management team as vice president of sales and marketing. Craft brings more than 25 years of management experience with him, most recently with Harmon Glass and Carlson Marketing Group. Craft’s new responsibilities include leading field sales personnel, customer service and all marketing activities.

Migliaccio Named Sales Manager At J.G. Braun Co.
Milwaukee-based J.G. Braun Co., a division of the Wagner Companies, announced that Bruce BRUCE Migliaccio has joined the company as a sales manager. Now responsible for assisting with customer relations within Wagner Companies and acting as a liaison between the Wisconsin and Illinois sales offices, Migliaccio previously served as an outside sales representative for Wagner. 

Three Top Level Promotions Announced in PPG’s Industrial Coatings Division
The industrial coatings division of PPG Industries announced three top-level promotions within the industrial finishes group. 

BRAD Previously the director of customer services for industrial finishes, Bradley M. Bridgham was promoted to the position of national sales director of industrial finishes. Bridgham was instrumental in the implementation of lean enterprise principles in the industrial finishes customer service and dispense cell technology teams. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bridgham joined PPG in 1984 as an industrial coating sales trainee.

J. Rich Alexander has been appointed vice president of industrial coatings. A PPG employee since 1978, Alexander progressed through a number of fiberglass sales and marketing assignments in Columbus, Ohio, Detroit, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, and earned an MBA from Capital University. Alexander was most recently general manager of general industrial coatings.

KEITH With PPG since 1982, Keith Prins has been promoted to general manager of industrial finishes. Prins worked at the company’s Canadian and United States’ financial organizations until moving to Europe in 1995 where he held multiple financial assignments. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Prins most recently served as the director of finance and director of sales and marketing for the automotive replacement glass SBU.

Linetec Brings Justice To Four-State Sales Region
Chris Justice has joined Wausau, Wis.-based Linetec as a sales representative for Kentucky, CHRIS Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. With more than 13 years of experience in sales and management, Justice was most recently inside sales manager at Linetec’s painting facility in Villa Rica, Ga. He plans on focusing primarily on developing further relationships with new and existing customers. 

Hall Takes on Western Region As New SAF Account Manager
TOM Atlanta-based Southern Aluminum Finishing Company (SAF) has promoted Tom Hall, former SAF production manager, to the position of Western region account manager. Hall will now be responsible for accounts in the Western United States. Bringing years of experience in aluminum production to his new position, Hall hopes to earn customer trust as an experienced and knowledgeable aluminum specifier resource. 

ASA Chooses New Officers
National officers for the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) were recently chosen from a slate of candidates developed by ASA’s nominating committee. The new leaders, which include the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer for the 2002-2003 year, took office in July. 

New ASA president Anne Bigane Wilson, CPC, PE, president of Bigane Paving Co., Chicago, succeeded 2002-2002 ASA president, Gerry Martin. Three other national ASA officers were instated simultaneously. Richard Wanner, executive vice president, Wanner Metal Worx Inc., Delaware, Ohio, became ASA vice president. Vincent Terraferman, PE, KSW Mechanical Services, New York City, will serve as secretary, and Mat Glover, president of Glover Masonry Associates Inc., Arvada, Colo., took office as ASA treasurer. Each officer will serve a one-year term.

Schott Glass’s Top Executive Relieved of Duties
In what was called a “total surprise” by Schott Glass Technologies Inc.’s former top executive, Bruce Jennings, the company’s president and chief executive officer’s position was terminated in a restructuring move by the parent company this past September. With Schott since early 1999, Jennings said he was told that his job as top executive was eliminated and was asked to leave the building by visiting company officials.

According to an article by Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Times Leader, Jennings’s position was the only job eliminated due to the reorganization. “He will not be replaced,” said David Schimmel, marketing services manager at the Luzerne County Schott Plant. “The reorganization of the division is ongoing. I don’t think the final decision has been made in how it will be made up,” Schimmel said in regard to the company’s optics for devices division.

Jennings studied industrial engineering and production management at Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. Jennings also studied in Fontainbleau, France, at the INSEAD institute for management education.

In his plans to enter the job search once again, Jennings told the Times Leader that he would like to “stay in Northeastern Pennsylvania” and not necessarily hold a top-level executive position.

Zelinski Retires from Winco Window Co. After 42 Years of Service.
JACK Winco Window Co. of St. Louis announced the retirement of Jack Zelinski after 42 years of dedicated service. After many years working in custom window detailing and fabricating, Zelinski concentrated his efforts on becoming a master window design engineer. 

Industry Legend Walter Williams Dies at 92
Glass industry pioneer Walter Williams passed away October 10, 2002, at the age of 92. An original member of the Flat Glass Jobbers Association, a group that would evolve to become the Glass Association of North America (GANA), Williams devoted more than 70 years to the betterment of the glass industry, most recently as chairman of Cardinal Glass Co. in Rockford, Ill.
Born in 1910, Williams grew up in a family of 14 children and graduated from Chicago Business College in 1930. His career in the glass industry began as a stenographer with Simpson-Clarke Glass Co. After numerous positions with multiple glass companies, Williams purchased a small glass operation in Rockford, Ill., in 1940 and renamed it Cardinal Glass Co. Now a distributor and manufacturer of insulating glass, Cardinal Glass currently employs more than 160 people.

WILLIAMS Angelo Bruscato (left) inducted Walter Williams (right) into the 2000 Glass and Metal Hall of Fame.

Williams was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, served on the board of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and was a secretary and board member of the Rockford Kiwanis Club. Williams was inducted in the Glass and Metal Hall of Fame™ in 2000 and has received special honors from GANA for more than 60 years in the glass industry.

Williams was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor, who passed away in 1985 and a son, Wayne, who passed away in 1973. He is survived by two children, daughter Dawn and son Lamont. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cornucopia Food Pantry, 315 Market St., Rockford, IL 61102. 

Southern Aluminum Founder Marvin McClatchey Dies at 86
The founder of Southern Aluminum Finishing (SAF), Marvin McClatchey, has passed away at the age of 82. A pioneer in the field of anodizing, McClatchey started as a metallurgist at Alcoa where he worked from 1937-1940 before starting SAF in Atlanta in 1946. One of the first two commercial anodizing lines in the country at the time, McClatchey built SAF from the ground up, even after the entire SAF plant burned down in 1954. 

SAF has since expanded to facilities in Tennessee and North Carolina, and although retired from the company since 1988, McClatchey served as an advisor and frequent visitor until his death in November.

An Episcopal deacon and volunteer for the Georgia Radio Reading Service, McClatchey’s hobbies included raising bees and harvesting sourwood honey to give as gifts. He is survived by his wife, Sally-Bruce McClatchey; five sons, Reynolds McClatchey, John McClatchey, William McClatchey, James McClatchey and Penn McClatchey, all of Atlanta; daughters Juliet Allan and Sally Larsen, both of Atlanta and Elizabeth Brown of Asheville, N.C.; 25 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Glass Artist Wins Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship
Liza Lou, a young artist known for her colorful mosaic-style installations using hundreds of thousands of glass beads, was recently chosen as one of 24 MacArthur fellows. Each fellow receives a “no-strings-attached” grant of $500,000 dollars over the next five years to pursue their various creative endeavors. From scientists to writers to musicians to artists, each fellow is nominated anonymously and is chosen for their creative and intellectual contributions to society. 

Inspired by the mosaics in Italy’s basilicas, Lou uses papier-mâché, fiberglass resin, wood, acrylic paint, found materials and glass beads to create her meticulous sculptures, which put a totally new perspective on ordinary elements of day-to-day life. 

Lou studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and has participated in solo exhibitions and group exhibits around the country and the world. 


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